The Dance Center, Logo

Curriculum of Classes


CHILDREN’S DIVISION:  Pre-School  -  Ages  3  and  4
 
45 minute class.  This class gives the student a combination of ballet and modern jazz introduction.  The main emphasis is on ballet as it is 30 to 35 minutes of the class.  The ballet instruction is taught with classical music emphasizing Russian technique concepts taught with age-appropriate lessons.  This class is a fun introduction to world of classical dance!

CHILDREN’S DIVISION:  Pre-Ballet  -  Ages 5  and  6 
45 minute class.  This class gives the student a combination of ballet and tap.  The main emphasis is on ballet, taught with classical music, introducing Russian technique concepts and building on terminology and proper positions.  The tap portion of the class develops rhythm and counting using different musicality.   This class is a structured, yet fun introduction to the Elementary Division of the school.

CHILDREN’S DIVISION:  Pee-Wee Hip Hop  -  Ages 5 and 6
45 minute class.  This class gives young dancers an introduction to Hip Hop.  Many requests have been made for this class as some young children are not yet interested in learning ballet, but have a great interest in other forms of dance.  This class will give your child a great exercise experience while learning age-appropriate hip hop moves based on jazz technique and creative movement.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:  Level 1 Classical Ballet with Tap or Hip Hop Combination   -   Ages  7, 8
The ballet portion of this class is the introduction to the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance (Russian Method)  emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and introduction to proper technique.  As Ballet is the main emphasis,  the portion of the class that is Tap or Hip Hop completes the important beginner instruction, especially valuable for rhythm and counting.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:  Level 1 Lyrical/Acro Combination Class: -   Ages  7, 8
This intro to Lyrical cla
ss will be varied in content which will include a combination of Lyrical Dance Technique and basic Acrobatic moves that are essential to Lyrical Dance.     Lyrical Dance gives the student an opportunity to reach beyond to a more abstract, yet structured form of dance sometimes called Creative Movement at this age.  Lyrical Dance does not take the place of Ballet.  Students that are interested in Lyrical Dance are also encouraged to attend Ballet class on a regular basis.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:  Levels  2, 3, 4, 5, 6 -  Classical Ballet   -   Ages   8, 9, 10, 11,
Five levels of training in the Elementary Division are based on age and experience.  All levels follow the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet (Russian Method) emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and proper technique.   Elementary 4/5/6 has a separate BOYS’ CLASS which is specifically designed for exercises and technique particular to male ballet training.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:   Jazz  Hip Hop  -  Ages   8 ,9, 10, 11
Five levels of Jazz class based on Hip Hop technique.  Popular music of today is used for instruction emphasizing stretching, coordination exercises and age-appropriate combinations.  Ballet is not required to take this class, but is strongly recommended.

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:   Lyrical  -  Ages  8, 9, 10, 11
All Elementary Lyrical classes will be varied in content which will include a combination of Lyrical and Modern Dance.   Once the students become comfortable with the basic skills, combinations and routines will be put together incorporating all aspects of the class.  Lyrical dance gives the student an opportunity to reach beyond his/her technical ballet training into a more abstract, yet structured form of dance.  Ballet is not required to take this class, but is strongly recommended.  

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:  Stretch and Conditioning
This class is designed to stretch and tone the entire body emphasizing upper and lower abdominals complimenting ballet technique, and cross training with stretch exercises for injury prevention and enhancement in dance class.  This class is specifically designed for dancers.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:  Classical  Ballet including Pointe/Partnering/Variations  -  Ages 12-up
Four levels of ballet are taught based on age and experience.  All levels follow the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet (Russian Method) emphasizing proper technique and the development of classical artistry.  Three classes per week are required for enrollment in A or B level classes.  Four classes per week are required for enrollment in C and D level classes. 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:   Hip Hop – Ages 12-up
Popular hip hop music is used for instruction emphasizing the foundation of solid jazz technique, basing the combinations on various hip hop moves and choreography.    

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:   Lyrical Dance – Ages 12-up
Lyrical Dance, unlike ballet, jazz, and modern, has no set technique but pulls from each of those styles emphasizing the emotion behind a song through a dancer's body.  This class will focus on tapping into character and conveying meaning through every move the dancer makes.  Each combination will focus on a different story and  how the dancer can convey that story through emotion.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:   Contemporary Jazz  Dance – Ages 12-up
Contemporary Jazz gives the students an opportunity to reach beyond his/her technical ballet training into a more abstract, yet structured form of dance.  Contemporary Jazz will include elements and influences of Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:  Stretch and Conditioning
This class is designed to stretch and tone the entire body emphasizing upper and lower abdominals complimenting ballet technique, and cross training with stretch exercises for injury prevention and enhancement in dance class.  This class is designed for ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and lyrical dancers.

TEEN/ADULT DIVISION:   Ballet/Lyrical Combination Class  -  Ages 12-up
This class will teach the basic technique and movement of Classical Ballet followed by Lyrical Dance.  The Ballet portion of the class will focus on technique, balance, and stretching.  The Lyrical portion of the class has no set technique but pulls from ballet technique emphasizing the emotion behind a song through a dancer's body.

TEEN/ADULT DIVISION:   Luxe Barre and Conditioning. This vigorous exercise class is designed to stretch and lengthen muscles in the body using ballet barre exercises and yoga techniques.  Exercises for upper and lower abdominals will also be incorporated as well as overall general fitness.